An Abraxan was a breed of Winged horse. An Abraxan is a rare possible corporeal form of the Patronus Charm.[2]


They were gigantic and extremely powerful and had an appearance akin to that of a palomino horse.


Madame Olympe Maxime, Headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, bred them and used them to pull her carriage in 1994. Her horses drink only single malt whiskey and required forceful handling, it is unknown if this is true for the entire breed. In 1997 after the death of Albus Dumbledore the Abraxans returned to Hogwarts flying their powder-blue carriage with them, in which Olympe Maxime was travelling in to attend the Funeral of Albus Dumbledore.


Their name is probably derived from Abraxas, one of the horses of Aurora, the Dawn, in Roman mythology.

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Behind the scenes

  • Rubeus Hagrid once claimed to have a friend who bred Abraxan horses, though this was likely only part of a story that he made up to distract Dolores Umbridge.[3] Alternatively, he may have been referring to Olympe Maxime.
  • In the film adaptation, they had grey coats instead of palomino coats.


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